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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681375823
Pages: 136
Publication Date: November 16, 2021

The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales

edited and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen


Alice and Martin Provensen were one of the most talented husband-and-wife author-illustrator teams of the twentieth century. A long-out-of-print cult classic first published 50 years ago, The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales is a treasury of their illustrations accompanied by fairy tales from authors such as A. A. Milne, Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde. Here too are clever retellings and newly imagined tales: refined old favorites like Arthur Rackham’s “Beauty and the Beast,” feminist revisions like Elinor Mordaunt’s “The Prince and the Goose Girl,” and sensitive stories by literary stylists like Henry Beston’s “The Lost Half-Hour” and Katharine Pyle’s “The Dreamer.” Full of magic, ingenuity, and humor, The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales is a witty modern descendant of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and a classic in its own right, sure to be beloved by a new generation.

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Superb, spectacularly detailed, and lovingly designed.
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

The voices of these master storytellers are unfailingly distinctive and involving; frequent full-page-plus illustrations in the Provensens’ inimitable style provide robust accompaniment. A foreword by Joan Bodger (author of How the Heather Looks) explaining the ­difference between a ­literary fairy tale and a folktale is a delightful bonus.
—Martha V. Parravano, The Horn Book

This title has lost none of its charm. . . Within these twelve classic tales there is a story that will appeal to almost all readers and the illustrations stand out for their ingenuity. . . What a joy this collection is, a collection deservedly brought back to our shelves.
—Armadillo Children’s Books Newsletter